The Catch of your Dreams
If you’re focused on fishing, the Olympic Peninsula has some of the best river and saltwater fishing in the Pacific Northwest. More than a dozen rivers host steelhead, salmon and trout.
The Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean provide excellent opportunities for salmon, halibut, ling cod and sea bass. If shellfish are your fancy, try the clams, oysters and Dungeness Crab.
Sekiu (pronounced Sea-Q), located on the west shore of Clallam Bay, is famous for recreational fishing, especially salmon. From novice to expert, an angler can find just the right fishing experience in these waters. One reason Sekiu is so popular is because even small boats can easily access the best fishing grounds. Rarely will you encounter the rough water and seasickness associated with coastal ocean fishing.
Neah Bay’s modern marina, built in 1997, is located on Neah Bay’s main road in Neah Bay. The 200 slips can accommodate vessels over 100 feet, and permanent and overnight moorage is available. The fuel dock has gas, diesel and lubricants. There is both short and long-term parking for trailers and cars, and water, power, restrooms and showers. Olson's Resort in Sekiu also has a marina and is located right of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Generally,salmon seasons are from mid-February to mid-April and July thru September. Bottom fishing lasts from early spring throughout the summer. Halibut season usually runs from mid-May into mid-July. Seasons are announced each April. Be sure to check for the latest fishing requirements at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Bring your own boat, rent a boat and gear, or arrange a charter trip through one of the many outfitters.
Fish Washington offers information to all levels of anglers. This website contains the when’s, where’s and how-to’s of fishing in Washington.
Washington state is blessed with diverse landscapes, great camping, and excellent fishing opportunities. Visit the Great Washington Getaways guide for fishing across the state and read all about the North Coast fishing off of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.